Now....This might be silly but...Why do people with Anorexia get so dangerously thin? Don't they have a starvation mode as well? If I'm in starvation mode, why am I not skinny? Just a thought from a heavy perspective....Makes ya think Hmmmm?
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If no calories are going in....anorexia....then there is nothing for the body to grab on to and hold. But any calorie they get their body needs.
If they were to start eating normal then they would gain weight before the body realized that it would get food regularly and hopefully the metabolism will recover.
Some peoples body never fully recovers.
eat just enough to make you actually gain weight
starve then binge, a real binge
starve, then give up
a binge to an anorexic is a snack to a "regular" person. and they don't go back to eating regularly (not until they come to terms with what they're doing)
When you first starve your body (even if you're still eating, but just not enough) first you start to lose weight, but then your metabolism starts to slow down and hold onto everything- this is when a "regular" person would see it's not working and give up. But at this point it gives an anorexic more fuel if you will, to continue, then with heavier starvation, they get around the body's way of trying to protect you, then they start to lose weight again because the body doesn't have a choice. Then their body starts deteriorating and they can't stop losing weight. And presto- dangerously thin.
In order to get there it takes extremely "control" (anorexic's loove control, it's their "ish")... also it takes a lot of starvation.
Most "regular" people just end up gaining weight from starvation mode.
hope that helps,
EDIT- dazzleme is correct, anorexics do eat, but generally no more than 500 calories a day.
- The refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height. Body weight less than 85% of the expected weight is considered minimal.
- An intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though the person is underweight.
- Self-perception that is grossly distorted and weight loss that is not acknowledged.
- In women who have already begun their menstrual cycle, at least three consecutive periods are missed (amenorrhea), or menstrual periods occur only after a hormone is administered.
In any case, the best thing is to be healthy. Messing with starvation mode is playing with fire
This this post gives a lot of information about Anorexia:
Bloodshed because I related with another calorie-counter on a similiar problem and you unwisely assumed that we were anorexic and then implied that we were not happy with ourselves, or our lives and weren't following our dreams?? --which had nothing to do with the topic. Just because you didn't like something we said? Then you didn't even have the maturity to answer after I responded.
That really hurt my feelings and I wouldn't be OK with myself if I didn't respond to you. I wouldn't make a scene but you don't have email. Please think before you type and be considerate of others feelings. Think about how you would have wanted to be treated eh? I sure hope you think about it. Thanks for the insults. Have yourself a happy night.
If you starve yourself, your body will suffer from it, no matter how much T3 you take.
I realize that the original post is old, but I find it a bit silly (if not hurtful). Obviously, if you starve yourself, you will lose weight. That still doesn't make it healthy. You'll feel lethargic and cold all the time. You'll feel anxious and panicky and obsessed with food. Your hair will start falling out, you'll lose your period, and your skin will crack and bleed.
I really wish this horrible thread hadn't been bumped...
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Now I've tried everything over the years to lose weight and they all worked in the short term:
severe calorie restriction
regimented eating schedule/rules like no eating at certain times etc...
extreme workout schedule
What I did to keep the weight off for 2 + years is to allow myself to relax about eating and eat when I am hungry. (I don't always eat breakfast;)I eat more healthy food than unhealthy. My calorie days seem to even out naturally when I let hunger guide me. I only eat until I am full no matter how good the food I am eating is. I also don't work out like a maniac...I just choose to be more active in a natural way. (Take the stairs, garden more, park at the back of parking lots etc...)